2 die in Burke County drag-racing wreck

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011 8:06 PM
Last updated Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 1:14 AM
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Two men were killed and someone is in the hospital after a drag-racing accident Sunday evening in Burke County, Ga.


Deputy Coroner Susan Salemi said Kevin Johnson, 27, of Sardis, Ga., and Keshon Burdette, 15, of Waynesboro, Ga., were watching a drag race on Seven Oaks Road when a car lost control and struck them.

One of the car’s drivers, Michael Mathis, 38, of Waynesboro, was sent to Medical College of Georgia Hospital after he had initially left the scene and then was located a short time later, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Mathis was driving a Chevrolet Nova, which the patrol said struck Johnson and Burdette. Officers are still looking for the second driver.

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reba530
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reba530 11/27/11 - 11:55 pm
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Another senseless act that
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Another senseless act that took the lives of 2 innocent people. You want to race then go find a race track

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 11/28/11 - 06:09 am
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You'd think at 38 he would
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You'd think at 38 he would know better. Prayers go out the the families of the two dead.

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catesmam 11/28/11 - 08:39 am
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There was another accident in

There was another accident in this same location within the past 3 weeks where another driver "lost control" and had to be sent to MCG for injuries sustained. How long are they going to let this "unofficial" drag racing be allowed to continue? Two totally sensless deaths. And why was the last race never publicized??? In the city it would have been! And these have been going on a long time in Burke Co.

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stillamazed 11/28/11 - 08:47 am
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There are race tracks for

There are race tracks for this sort of thing, why get on the streets and kill innocent people so that you can get your sick adrenaline rush? I hope they catch the other racer and I would hope that the Burke County officials would crack down on this type of thing.

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my.voice 11/28/11 - 08:54 am
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When is a 15 year old

When is a 15 year old considered a man? He is a boy and this is a terrible tragedy.

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Little Lamb 11/28/11 - 09:06 am
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Wasn't it Steinbeck who said,

Wasn't it Steinbeck who said, "A boy becomes a man when a man is needed." ?

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Boudreaux 11/28/11 - 09:27 am
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Watching a street race is an

Watching a street race is an illegal activity, so while it is a terrible situation, they are not innocent bystanders.

RIP

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jennyrviera 11/28/11 - 10:38 am
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Wow Bourdreaux way to make

Wow Bourdreaux way to make the family feel even worse! It shouldn't matter if it was legal or not, 2 young men lost their lives and 2 families lost a son, brother, uncle, etc..... I mean really did you have to go there with that comment! I know the parents of the 15 year old and I am sure the last thing they wanted to hear was "hey sorry he was killed but since watching is illegal what more can we say." And LL and MV, he was a young man, is that better for you??? The only comments that should have been made were "RIP", sorry for the loss and what a senseless tradegy.

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InChristLove 11/28/11 - 10:51 am
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jennyrviera, I am sorry for

jennyrviera, I am sorry for the lost of your friend's son. Do you know if the Johnson man use to work for the paper mill on Hwy 56 several years ago? If so I believe I know him. So sad for both families.

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jennyrviera 11/28/11 - 11:09 am
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I don't know the Johnson man,

I don't know the Johnson man, the 15 year was my friend's son. He had a bright future ahead and came from a very good family. I know God has better plans for him, but at this moment we are all still trying to understand WHY!!!!

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drivenslow 11/28/11 - 11:52 am
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they have been holding drag
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they have been holding drag races on this road for years and i mean years...there is some big money bet at these races and some of the guys bring full blown race cars...the same kind you would see at jackson.......for a long time they held the races on the same day everytime...its not like the police dont know its going on.....you have boys from as far as lincoln county come down to watch and run their cars

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InChristLove 11/28/11 - 12:33 pm
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jennyrviera, sometimes we

jennyrviera, sometimes we never understand the Why, we can only hold on to the faith that God is in control and if this boy was a child of God then he is in a much better place than any of us. Still doesn't reduce the hurt but hopefully the family and friends will find comfort and strength in their faith.

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Vito45 11/28/11 - 02:30 pm
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Jenny, the family have no

Jenny, the family have no business reading newspaper commentary if they are sensitive to opinion. This is an area to comment on the news of the day, not blow sunshine and roses up each other's pant's leg.

It is a given that it is sad for the lives lost; "there but for the grace of God go I" , as I'm guilty of doing the same thing as these people did. I have all of the empathy in the world for those who were related or knew these people, but they made bad decisions just like I did; I was just lucky to not be in the same place. Bad judgment that gets you in trouble is what it is, and all of the nice words in the world don't change that.
I can guarantee you that every person posting here is hoping this tragedy will serve to warn other others to not make the same error in judgment. No family deserves this kind of sadness in their lives.

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whyme 11/28/11 - 04:03 pm
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Do you really need to comment

Do you really need to comment on a tragedy just because you can? It doesn't matter who reads the postings. Have some class and save your opinion for less sensitive topics. Even then, can you write with a little bit of knowledge and insight? Surely we are better than that around Augusta but I'm having serious doubts since I've mentioned this before. Just remember, what goes around comes around...maybe not here, but in another place, another time...hopefully people will show mercy and kindness to you even though you weren't so decent.

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macktaylor 11/28/11 - 05:17 pm
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I guess we've come to expect

I guess we've come to expect these things in rural Georgia. This isn't the first time people have died racing in Burke County.

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Boudreaux 11/28/11 - 10:19 pm
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I am very sorry for the

I am very sorry for the families and friends of all involved.

I also build racing engines for a living so i understand what's going on better than most. I have been to these type of events in the past and everyone there(hundreds of people) know it's dangerous and illegal.

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jennyrviera 11/29/11 - 10:38 am
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Thank you whyme for your

Thank you whyme for your thoughtful words and insight. Vito45 since you say you are guilty for indulging in being a spectator of this illegal sport, I pray to GOD that if you decide to indulge yourself once again that you or your family never experience what my friend and her family are going thru right now. Boudreaux thank you. As his mother stated last night, yes he was up there, but they live off the road and he heard the cars when it all started and yes he went to go see what was going on. Keep in mind that this could have easily happened up at Jackson or any other drag strip, I just hope that BC can get a hold on this type of activity and that the community will turn in that other driver. Again thank you all for your kinds words.

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Big Butcher 11/30/11 - 01:03 am
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I'll be praying for everyone

I'll be praying for everyone involved in this situation because all of them are victums in some way. 2 lost their lives and 2 will have to live with it for the rest of their lives along with be incarcerated for a long period of time which further more cause their families to suffer also. For those who are angry or upset with the drivers, have mercy on them. I'm sure if they knew something of this nature was going to happen they wouldn't have ever raced. I'm a Drag Racing fan myself but it is a time, place, and a way to do everything but even some of the safest tracks have had bad and some occasions fatal injuries so it could've happend anywhere. As far as some being mad at the police for street racing being a problem just let it go cause people racing everyday in almost every county of Ga but its somewhat understandable if those 2 incidents really had the amount of spectators that was posted because I've been to a few myself and never have it been anywhere near that many people. May God be with you all and the families find peace.

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